"Hep" vs. "Hip"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Dec 23 20:57:05 UTC 2006

I took a Black Literature class in the early '70s. Our African-American professor - can't think of his name just now, but I believe he was from upstate N.Y. - used "hep" rather frequently.


Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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As I was reading through a list of the Christmas sounds (here =
"music") of my lost youth, I came across


19_55_?! The _Hep_sters?!

I would have bet money, i.e. as opposed to merely using the phrase, "I
bet you," that "hep" in all its forms had died out before 1950!

One never knows, do one?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Sam'l Clemens

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